My son is 36 years old and had a seizure and fell from a ladder. The doctor removed some of the front lobe of the brain. They have not told my anything but it will take a year before he is better. I would like to know if it is safe to bring him home? Could he be a danger to himself or me. He was hurt at work and the company will not pay for his hospital bills. Do I need to put him in a rehab for a few months?
First of all, keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose you because I am unable to examine you, this forum is for educational purposes.
It is not clear to me why your son had a seizure, before falling off the ladder. In patients with known epilepsy (repeated seizures) we recommend to avoid driving, heights including ladders, dangerous equipment and unsupervised water. With new onset seizures (especially at 36) we look for the underlying cause of his seizure (tumor, cortical dysplasia, infections, stroke etc.). When a person falls and hits their head (or has a car accident) the frontal lobes and the tips of the temporal lobes are common sites of injury. When the injury is severe (bleeding, etc) it may need to be evacuated surgically. Since your son has had part of his frontal lobe removed, you may notice personality changes, problems with executive functioning (decison making), speech problems (getting words out) and weakness. However, most people with frontal lobe damage have only one or a few of the symptoms or even none at all. Your son will be evaluated by a team of phyical therapist and occupational therapist in the hospital to determine his need for rehab. It is unlikely that your son will be a danger to himself or you, but if personality changes occur, I would suggest you see a psychiatrist early to get the questions addressed.
I hope this has been helpful.
Hi. I am so sorry for what has happened to your son. Although I can't comment on his medical condition, I am appalled by the statement you made about his company not paying his hospital bills. If he was hurt on the job, Workmen's Compensation should cover those expenses. If the company does not carry Workmen's Compensation on its workers, get an attorney. I sure hope everything works out for him. I'll keep him in my prayers.
Just a note to say thank you. It looks like I am going to have to bring him home and take some time off work. The hospital has him on so much medicine, that I do not know if he needs as much as he is taking.
Woa! This is a BIG "missing piece" story. In general (with a few exceptions) an employer has to pay for on-the-job injuries I wonder if the siezure caused the fall or the fall caused the siezure? What IS important is for you to file a workman's compensation claim IMMEDIATELY, and in writing, via registered mail, notify all physicians and hospitals who have/are treating him "this is a workman's compensation case". Preferably you should have the workman's comp carrier number. Contact the State Department of Labor for assistance in obtaining this. You should be be paying a single cent on the bill until the workan's comp hearing. You needed a workman's comp attorney, most of whom are crooks, but they mostly work for "free" on spec. Until there is such a hearing, nobody can tell you whether or not his medical care is or is not covered by this insurance, which is mandatory in most of the U.S. states.
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